Occasional Substitute Preschool Teacher

  • Title: Substitute Teacher
  • Reports to: Preschool Director and Assistant Preschool Director
  • Status: Occasional, part-time
  • Classification: Non-exempt
  • Term: School year (mid-August through May) – with opportunities for summer employment

Position Summary: Hartley Nature Preschool is seeking occasional substitute preschool teachers to support the preschool’s mission of inspiring life-long connections with nature through education, play, and exploration while supporting the whole child’s development and preparing children for school. Hartley Nature Preschool operates as a program of Hartley Nature Center, a non-profit environmental learning center located within the 600+ acre Hartley Park in Duluth, Minnesota.

Position Details:

  • Occasional part-time
  • Wage: Starting at $16/hour

Hartley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, sexual orientation/identity/expression, marital status or familial status.

Application Procedure:

Submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Names and contact information for three references

Email your application to:

Kaitlin Erpestad, Preschool Director
Hartley Nature Center
3001 Woodland Ave Duluth, MN 55803

No phone inquiries, please.


Our interns work among a friendly, dynamic staff that is dedicated to carrying out Hartley Nature Center’s mission of inspiring lifelong connections with nature through education, play and exploration. As the area’s only urban nature center, Hartley Nature Center is situated within a beautiful 660 acre city park and serves over 25,000 people annually, including over 10,000 youth through summer camps, school group field trips, public programs and more. We accept resumes year-round and offer a variety of different internships like seasonal, part-time and full-time. Read more in the brochures and job description links posted below.

Environmental Education Internship

Depending on the season we will have two to twelve interns on staff teaching as part of our Environmental Education program. EE Interns spend a lot of their time teaching campers, school groups and the public. In addition to the teaching, interns will also have opportunities to explore the park, learn new skills and dive deeper into individual projects.


Send your resume along with a cover letter describing your career goals and interests in this program and a minimum of two professional or educational references. Direct applications and questions to:

Mary Oliver, Education Director
Hartley Nature Center
3001 Woodland Ave Duluth, MN 55803

Environmental Studies Stewardship Internship

Please note, we are not currently hiring ESS interns for summer 2022 due to the pandemic. We will update information here as things change.

2020 ESS Intern Brochure

Hartley Nature Center offers a 140 hour stewardship internship for college students/graduates seeking a hands-on experience in a beautiful location that is centrally located in Duluth, Minnesota. The internship takes place June through July. Interns receive hourly compensation and exposure to a wide variety of elements of the ESS field that may include:

  • Invasive species removal & landscape restoration
  • Biological monitoring
  • Construction & facilities maintenance
  • Environmental education
  • Non-Profit/urban park management
  • And more…

Does this sound like something you might be interested in?

Send us your resume, cover letter describing your career goals and interests in this program, and contact information for at least two professional or educational references. Direct applications and questions to:

Matt Willey, Director of Operations
Hartley Nature Center
3001 Woodland Ave Duluth, MN 55803